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Cisco Patches High Risk Flaws in StarOS, IP Phone

Cisco this week released a set of security patches to address several vulnerabilities in its products, including High risk issues impacting StarOS and 6800, 7800, and 8800 Series IP Phones.

The first High severity bug (CVE-2018-0369) impacts the reassembly logic for fragmented IPv4 packets of Cisco StarOS running on virtual platforms. By abusing this security flaw, an unauthenticated remote attacker could trigger a reload of the npusim process, thus causing denial of service (DoS).

An attacker could trigger the simultaneous reload of all four instances of the npusim process that are running per Service Function (SF) instance.

According to Cisco, the vulnerability resides in the improper handling of fragmented IPv4 packets containing options. Thus, an attacker could exploit the issue by sending a malicious IPv4 packet across an affected device.

“An exploit could allow the attacker to trigger a restart of the npusim process, which will result in all traffic queued toward this instance of the npusim process to be dropped while the process is restarting. The npusim process typically restarts within less than a second,” Cisco explains in an advisory.

Impacted products include Cisco Virtualized Packet Core-Single Instance (VPC-SI), Cisco Virtualized Packet Core-Distributed Instance (VPC-DI), and Cisco Ultra Packet Core (UPC) running StarOS operating system releases prior to the fixed version.

The second High risk flaw (CVE-2018-0341) addressed this week impacts the web-based UI of Cisco IP Phone 6800, 7800, and 8800 Series with Multiplatform Firmware and could be exploited by an authenticated, remote attacker for command injection.

“The vulnerability is due to insufficient input validation. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by including arbitrary shell commands in a specific user input field,” Cisco says.

In addition to these two bugs, Cisco addressed six Medium severity issues in Web Security Appliance (WSA), FireSIGHT System Software, Firepower System Software, and Digital Network Architecture (DNA).

Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could result in denial of service, bypass of file policy, bypass of URL-based access control policy, and cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks, Cisco’s advisories reveal.

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